A cultural history of Australian hide and seek

“Australians have a deep cultural history of world-class hiding,” says Nascon Dingo Team Captain Josh Stinton. “Just look at all the great hiders Australia has produced!"

Ned Kelly

Popped in and out of cover for many years disguised as a post box.

Best-known for his post box disguises, Ned Kelly was also capable of entirely disappearing within his own hair and beard.

Best-known for his post box disguises, Ned Kelly was also capable of entirely disappearing within his own hair and beard.

 

Ludwig Leichhardt

Still out there somewhere, apparently.

Other players became suspicious when Leichhardt asked them to count to one billion.

Other players became suspicious when Leichhardt asked them to count to one billion.

 

Burke and Wills

Total hide-and-seek addicts. Played it to death.

Burke: "Found you!" Wills: "Damn! It was the message on the tree, wasn't it? I knew that was a mistake."

Burke: "Found you!"

Wills: "Damn! It was the message on the tree, wasn't it? I knew that was a mistake."

 

Prime Minister Harold Holt

Left us all guessing after ducking out of sight at the beach when nobody was looking.

Prime Minister Harold Holt in his preferred hide and seek uniform of short wetsuit, flippers, mask, snorkel and huge spear gun.

Prime Minister Harold Holt in his preferred hide and seek uniform of short wetsuit, flippers, mask, snorkel and huge spear gun.

 

The entire indigenous population of Australia

Managed to stay invisible from 1881 to 1967. That has to be some kind of record.

 

Australia suddenly found the Indigenous Australians during the 1967 Referendum yet still they remain very capable of hiding in plain sight at a moment's notice, even directly before our nation's Parliament House. 

Australia suddenly found the Indigenous Australians during the 1967 Referendum yet still they remain very capable of hiding in plain sight at a moment's notice, even directly before our nation's Parliament House.